NICE AND EASY: Reboot your cell booster

I love talking about cellular signal boosters. No doubt, this technology should be built into every home and commercial building. I encourage people to talk about them whenever possible, too. Because, why wouldn’t you?

Cell boosters make everything better. But you know that.

Think about the one thing you’ll never leave your home without. Your wallet? Your keys? Yes possibly, especially if you need them to drive to work. But the one device you’ll absolutely come back home for is your phone. It’s the ’20s now, people. Time to admit it. That phone is a big part of your life. And you deserve better service than you get, most of the time.

I got my first cell booster because I was tired of getting “one bar” when I was in the house. If you’re reading this article you have a cell booster too and you probably got it for the same reason. If you bought a cell booster from Solid Signal you know it’s the answer to your prayers. Clear cell service with no need to log into Wi-Fi. That means it’s great for you and also great for you and your friends and visitors.

Is your cell booster misbehaving?

Cell boosters are tiny little computers. They sometimes misbehave. It’s rare, but they can lock up. They can become confused and refuse to work right. In the decade or so that I’ve been using cell boosters it’s been maybe two or three times that I had to deal with any problems.

How to reboot a cell booster

Here’s the information you need. No matter which booster you have, rebooting is easy. Just pull the power plug. Wait 30 seconds, then plug it back in. You should see the green light on the front of the booster. No matter which brand of booster you have, a green light usually means that the booster is working right.

Now the big question…

Why are you rebooting your cell booster? Is this a common thing? Is it not working as it should? Often times this is an issue that requires some rewiring. The cables are the first thing to fail on cell boosters. This is especially true with older boosters. In order to keep costs down, a lot of boosters made in the ’10s used thinner cables. They didn’t affect performance but they are more prone to corrosion and damage. If you think that there is a long-term issue with your cell booster, you might try running new cables to see if the problem goes away.

If the cable isn’t the issue, the booster might just need upgrading. I’ve found that most boosters last 5-7 years at least. Older boosters tend not to have 4G built in so they’re going to be less useful anyway. Today, we all want boosters that will cover LTE. It will be years before we get boosters for 5G, so that isn’t a real issue yet. If your booster is getting on in years, it might be time for a new one. Of course you’ll find all the best brands at the best prices when you shop for a cellular signal booster at Solid Signal.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 5,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.